Rafa Benitez has said he thinks he can win trophies at Newcastle and that’s not the first time he has said that while he’s been at the club.
When Rafa decided to join Newcastle in the first place, it was to win trophies, so that’s all consistent although he was let down financially by Mike Ashley in the summer.
But that seems to have all been forgotten, and Rafa is only concentrating on getting wins for Newcastle, and we have three of them in the first six games – not too bad at all.
That kind of ambition transfers quickly to his players, and they are becoming a difficult team to beat, but we still don’t have the three or four (world) class players we need in the team.
Maybe if we get new owners we will be able to do that, and there will be nothing to stop us becoming a top team in Europe with Rafa leading the way.
Rafa Benitez – confident of success at Newcastle
We have a tough game today at home to Liverpool so we will see how we can perform against one of the top sides in the Premier League.
And we will have a massive display of flags at the game – thanks to the Gallowgate Flags group – who have done an absolutely outstanding job this season for the club.
They deserve enormous credit for the hard work they have put in on behalf of Newcastle United.
Rafa Benitez also seems upbeat at the moment, and he even seems keen to stay at Newcastle for the long term.
This is what he said when asked if he thinks he can win trophies at Newcastle:
“Yes for sure, I think so.”
“It depends on a lot of things. If you have 25 players more or less the same standard it’s very difficult against the top teams but it can happen.”
“In one game in a cup competition, it can happen.”
“If you are a top team playing away against a team with all the fans behind them and you concede you start panicking and it can happen. It’s confidence.”
“If you talk about Newcastle and young players. Can they grow enough? Yes, they can improve because the way they approach every training session, they are learning.”
“You also need experienced players to help them to develop.”
“If you say next year, I will talk about January or whatever, we will sign three or four players and they are good players. Three or four players in a starting XI would be massive.
“Sometimes, you just need to be a little bit lucky with things to win a trophy.”
That first line of Rafa’s is funny – translation – yes, I’m certain we can win trophies – maybe.
But it’s just his English and we have never seen Rafa happier than he was at his press conferences on Friday afternoon.
He seemed very happy and upbeat, maybe it’s because the Newcastle fans just love the guy – and we’ll include the local press in that too.
Yeah – that could be it.